Call Us: 443-849-2658
Pavilion West
6569 N. Charles St.
Suite 504
Towson, MD 21204
P:443-849-2658
F:443-849-2631
Park:Daffodil — (Directions)
M 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Tu 8:30AM - 4:30PM
W 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Th 8:30AM - 4:30PM
F 8:30AM - 12:00PM
Sa Closed
Su Closed

Richard E. Hoover Low Vision Rehabilitation Services

A unique program dedicated to helping people with low vision and blindness resume active, satisfying, and more independent lives

The Richard E. Hoover Low Vision Rehabilitation Services staff members work directly with visually impaired individuals to determine which devices and techniques will help them meet their personal goals.

What is Low Vision?

Low Vision is a visual condition that cannot be corrected by conventional eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery. Low vision includes people with reduced visual acuity, narrowed visual fields, and blind spots in their central field of vision. They may need things bolder, brighter, or bigger than normal, or they may require special techniques to reduce their glare sensitivity.

Our Team

Select a provider below to learn more
Michelle Bianchi, OTR/L, CLVT
Michelle Bianchi, OTR/L, CLVT
Low Vision Occupational Therapist
Carol Applegate, MLA, COT
Carol Applegate, MLA, COT
Research Coordinator & Ophthalmic Technician
Renrick Slater
Renrick Slater
Sr. Medical Secretary

Our Services

  • Low Vision Evaluation
  • Low Vision Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Treatment
  • Low Vision Occupational Therapy Treatment in the home when indicated
  • The VIEW (Vision - Information - Education - Wellness) - Retail Store
  • Retinal Evaluation
  • Specialized visual function testing and clinical electrophysiology
  • Microperimetry
  • Visual Field Tests
  • Electroretinography (ERG and multifocal ERG)
  • Visual evoked response (VER, or VEP)
  • Electrooculography (EOG)
  • Dark adaptation testing (SST)
  • Color vision testing (D15, FM100 Hue)
  • Fundus photography
  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Angiography
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The VIEW

The VIEW is Hoover Services retail store with the newest non-optical aids, such as phones, calendars, low-powered magnifiers and much more. This store is available to anyone needing to purchase aids. It is also is a showcase for high technology devices, such as video magnifiers. You can walk into the VIEW and purchase non-optical aids, Monday through Thursday(8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) and Friday(8:30 AM - 12:00 PM).

New Patient Information

Now that you have scheduled your appointment we will forward all of the new patient paperwork to your home. Your initial appointment will include a complete clinical evaluation by Dr. Janet Sunness. If Dr. Sunness determines that you will benefit from additional low vision rehabilitation therapy, you will be seen by Michelle Bianchi, our Low Vision Occupational Therapist. Please plan to spend 3 hours for your first appointment.

What will you need to bring to your appointment:
  • Completed new patient paperwork
  • Insurance card (s)
  • Photo ID
  • Magnifiers and glasses you have at home
  • If your insurance is an HMO or Managed Care plan, please obtain the necessary referral form or pre-authorization prior to your visit.
  • If it is determined that you would benefit from new glasses and a prescription, a payment of $28.00 will be collected at the end of your visit. Regretfully, most medical insurances do not cover the refraction completed during the exam.
  • Bring a snack.
If you have any questions, please contact our office at 443-849-2658.

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